May 17, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG SDS Sponsors Grand Festival of True Love

A total of 5,751 executives and employees of Samsung SDS, its cooperative companies and 148 voluntary service teams joined the two-week festival along with their family members. Especially noteworthy were an exhibition of paintings by handicapped persons who paint with their mouths and feet, the presentation of powered wheelchairs to a handicapped couple, and other "neighborly love" activities. In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Samsung SDS, the 5th Grand Festival of True Love, an event highlighting voluntary services performed throughout the year, took place for two weeks from May 1. Along with their family members, a total 5,751 executives and employees of Samsung SDS, its cooperative companies and 148 voluntary service teams took active part in this festival, which first was held in 1996 with the objective of encouraging voluntary services for unfortunate people. Highlighted in this year's festival were assistance offered to elderly persons living on their own and physically handicapped persons. Especially noteworthy were the 19 paintings done by physically handicapped painters, who work with their mouths and feet, and exhibited on the ground floor of the main office building of Samsung SDS during the festival period. Co-sponsored by the Korea Mouth and Foot Painters Association, this exhibition showed that these painters, who had thus far no opportunity to display their works to the public due to a widespread lack of understanding, were no less talented than others. Those handicapped painters who had their works on show found the exhibition quite rewarding as they were able to sell their paintings and received the full amount so raised. It was also heart-warming that there was a Samsung SDS employee who donated powered wheelchairs to a couple, who had wanted them for their whole lives. Remaining anonymous, he spent the full amount of his year-end merit payment of last year on these wheelchairs for Mr. and Mrs. Kim Kum-am of Machon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul. Mr. Kim and his wife are seriously handicapped as a result of short stature and cerebral palsy, respectively. Completely unable to leave their home without the assistance of someone else, their dream was to own wheelchairs of this kind to come and go as they want. "Executives and employees were especially enthusiastic about this year's festival," said Song E-ri, an employee of Samsung SDS, who was in charge of preparing the festival this year. "Our voluntary services in favor of estranged neighbors has helped build a sense of oneness." She expressed her hope to develop various computer and homepage programs to help them earn a living.


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